PHOENIX – A year ago tomorrow, Arizona Republicans voted for a measure that could strip health insurance from 2.8 million Arizonans with a preexisting condition.
Vocal supporters of this effort were Kelli Ward, Joe Arpaio, and Rep. Martha McSally – three Senate candidates currently duking it out in a contentious GOP primary. For years, all three Republicans have made repealing the Affordable Care Act central to their political pitch, even if it meant harming hardworking Arizonans.
But with 68% of Arizonans naming healthcare as a top issue for 2018, the AZGOP’s sabotage of the healthcare system will be on voters’ minds this fall.
Here’s how all three Republican candidates view the Affordable Care Act.
Ward Said She Wanted To Fully Repeal The Affordable Care Act, Did Not Care About Replace. WARD: “Obviously I want full repeal and I don't really care about replace. If I had my wish, and I could just wave a wand, and, ping, something would come up, I would say, ‘we just will have free market medicine, and that's it.” [Turning Point Meeting, 9/13/17]
Arpaio Said Trump Was “Always Right” On The Issues And He Was Going To Support Trump’s Agenda, To Which Repealing the Affordable Care Act Is Central. When it comes to the issues, Arpaio said: ‘The president is always right. I'm going to support the president's agenda.’” [NBC News, 3/24/18]
Rep. Martha McSally
Tucson Weekly: AHCA Violated McSally Promise To Keep Intact Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions. “The latest version of the American Health Care Act appears to violate one of McSally’s key promises to voters in the highly competitive Congressional District 2: It does not keep intact protections for people with preexisting conditions. … Under the new version of the legislation, states would be able to obtain a waiver to get rid of those protections for consumers as long as they jumped through a few hoops, such as setting up a “high-risk pool” to dump people with pre-existing conditions—cancer survivors, diabetics, and the like. ” [Tucson Weekly, 5/02/17]